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Another month, another Spell The Month In Books, whoop! I really enjoy this tag created by @ Reviews From the Stacks. It’s so fun and at the same time is a great challenge to engage in. Like March, there is five letters this month to spell out with books. I struggled a little to find a book beginning with ‘I’, but I finally did find a book for it. Most of these books I’ve read and loved, one of the books I really want to reread this year, and one of the books is on my TBR.
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Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship–the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
I read this back in 2018 and remember absolutely adoring it. I included this book in my Books I Really Want To Reread This Year post because in case you didn’t know, this is finally getting a sequel! It’s coming out this year, so I’m thinking it’s my chance to give this a reread. I remember this being very summery, so I might read this during July or August.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?
If you’re not sure where to start with Jane Austen, or you’re wondering what to read after Pride and Prejudice, turn your attention to Persuasion. This has romantic letters, awkward, sweet conversations between Anne and Wentworth and a bunch of crazy characters to make you laugh. It’s the smallest of Austen’s novels yet so big as it explores the possibility of a second-chance romance.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
I’ve only just read this book last month, and I really loved it. I wasn’t mad at the ending like the fandom makes clear they were – and still are. I even cried a little. If you want to read my full review of this, you can check out my Goodreads or you can click here to view my review in my March Wrap-Up!
It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
MEET OUR HERO… Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth’s sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past… and the key to his future. The problem is—it’s written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.
MEET OUR HEROINE… All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She’s fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there’s something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won’t quite let go…
MEET POOR MR. MOZART… Or don’t. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other… and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.
This is on my TBR – I’m making my way through Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, reading one a month. If I keep on track, I’ll be reading this book in June. I’m excited for this one because I do really love Hyacinth’s character. she appears in several books before this one, each time she’s a little older but she’s hilarious so I hope this book proves to be a good one.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day. As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.
But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.
Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?
I read this in November 2020, and it was one of my favourites of the month. I’ve had a very hard time with Alice Oseman’s books – I really disliked Solitaire and Radio Silence, but something drew me towards Loveless like her other books didn’t. I only read them before they were popular. But this book was different, and reading it was so hard because I felt seen. If you want to see my full review, check out my Goodreads or click here to view my November Wrap-Up.
And there we have it, Spell The Month In Books for April. Have you read any of the books above? Are any of these books on your TBR?
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